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Study: Better-looking high schoolers get better grades

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High school students who are considered more attractive by others have higher GPAs, a new study has found.

Researchers came to this conclusion after analyzing data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, which followed nearly 9,000 high school students from adolescence into their 20s and 30s.

Interviewers rated each students' attractiveness and were given data regarding their grades, Sara Gordon, a sociologist at the University of Illinois-Chicago and study co-author told USA Today.

"The attractive do have a GPA advantage (over) the average,"  she said of their findings.

The results match up with earlier research, which has found that more attractive students are also more likely to get a college degree and obtain higher-paying jobs.

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